Rise and Shine! I think we finally made it to Day 5 and we’ve been anticipating this day since we learned about the trip. Elmina Castle
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We left our accommodations at the Golden Tulip Kumasi and took a two-hour drive to Cape Coast.
Just a little background on Cape Coast Castle (Elmina Castle). Built by the Portuguese in 1482. This Castle is also known as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. The view of the colorful harbor nestles below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s best picture-perfect opportunities. And while the aesthetic description of the castle sounds so amazing, the history harbored on the grounds brought everyone to tears.
As the tour guide narrated the story of my ancestors, every breath I took felt precious. As we stood in the chambers that women and children were once confined to, as we could hear the cries of women being raped by their captives, as we felt the scratches in the walls with nails markings engraved in the cold cement…I lifted my voice in prayer. As much as I like to write and recant my thoughts, I couldn’t do it this time. 10 months later, and I still can’t talk about how I felt in there. CNN interviewed with Alex Afful, a tour guide for the castle. I wanted to share some excerpts from the interview along with pictures that Lauren Cowart captured while we were there.